A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – review + discussion

*spOiLers you have been warned my friends*


Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

So ya’ll know the hype behind this series. Lot’s of people love it but there are some problems in this book. I read this series two years ago and don’t remember anything (oops) and I don’t want to go on saying I like a series if it okay well yeah. ONWARDS let’s go discuss


PLOT

So the book wasn’t boring at any part, but I have to say that up until the under the mountain part, the story went really slowly. There wasn’t a lot of actual plot for the three quarters so yeah.

Hey also, why is this book categorised into YA, because it’s not. There are graphic sex scenes + like not gonna lie I just awkwardly breeze over them.


EXECUTION

Some hate Maas’ writing but I like it. It works for me and always has. I do have to say it isn’t may favourite though. The world building in this book is beautiful and Maas’ characters are always nicely established. I do feel that this book is definitely more of a build up to the next book.


CHARACTERS

Feyre: I didn’t like Feyre. She seemed really bland and 2 dimensional? She’s really stupid sometimes too. However I can’t really say that. She’s an extremely compassionate character. She cares for + loves her family despite how they treated her. She cares for a faerie she doesn’t know when he’s losing his life, and she pushes herself to extremes to save what she loves.

Tamlin: I didn’t fully like Tamlin. Maybe it’s because I don’t like the whole beast feral thing + those weird fae biting tendencies creep me out sorry. Then again the character building is so beautiful and he has such a deep back story so like I can’t hate him, but I don’t love him either.

Lucien: I loved Lucien hey. He was witty, snarky and sarcastic. His back story was my favourite. He’s a bean and I love him okay.

Rhysand: So many layers with this dude. He’s so cruel but also we get to see that there’s more to him and of course I want to read more about him in the next book (I already have aha).


So let’s discuss what’s problematic. There’s a scene in this book where the fae go through with a ceremony. Basically on that day the fae are closer to beasts/animals then anything. They have very animal/primal instincts and Tamlin warns Feyre to stay away. From both the ceremony and him.

So of course there’s that attraction that’s been building up, but when Tamlin advances on her, while there’s that whole ‘I can’t stay away from him, I don’t think I want to’ she also says no. She pushes him away. She hits him. To me no is always no. In this scene he’s violent, you can see the animistic nature and he bites her. Which one creeps me out and two was not consensual. People have used that ceremony thing as an explanation (excuse?), but I feel the real problem is that after this Tamlin is still seen as ‘ideal’? He does apologise but it’s just brushed over and mentioned in passing.

Also the issue with Rhysand is that he’s so cruel, evil and manipulating and sure that’s how he’s supposed to be seen and if you’ve read the second book his actions are explained to us, but explanations and excuses don’t make up for what happened? Again there was no agreement on anything he did from Feyre.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goordreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read ACOTAR? Is it on you TBR? What about Sarah J Maas’ other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

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5 thoughts on “A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – review + discussion

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  1. I agree with a lot of your points! I hated Feyre, but her base premise is good. Tamlin isn’t likable by any means, but he’s also not totally horrible. Rhys had reasons for his behavior, but I completely agree that it shouldn’t excuse what he did. (I liked Lucien though!) I think the problem with this book is that it blurs the definition of what’s right or wrong, and it just shouldn’t be that way. :/

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  2. I have to agree with some of your points… The consent bit was pretty dubious and vague at times, but it thankfully got better as the trilogy progressed. I honestly loved the series and for me, it became a 5/5 star read by the third book. As far as characters go, duude I hated Feyre at start! But then she grew so much as a character and so much stuff happened and I’ve grown to really like her! When it comes to Tamlin, I was kinda into him at first but as I progressed through the book, it just went from nope to even more nope. Rhysand is, I have to say, one of my fave YA characters ever, together with Nikolai Lantsov from the Six Of Crows series… I was intrigued by him from the start. When it comes to Lucien- oh my. I went on a legit emotional rollercoaster when it comes to that dude! But in the end I ended up absolutely adoring him!! I’m still so, so weak for him 💕 Great discussion post!

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    1. ACOMAF is definitely my favourite of the three although ACOWAR fell short for me, just because I enjoyed ACOMAF so much. I agree! I love Feyre’s growth throughout the series and how Rhys helps with that. I definitely don’t hate Tamlin as much as others but yea he’s a nope character haha. Lucien is probably one of my favourites I love him. AND NIKOLAI AHH haha. I’m so excited he’s getting his own series. Thank you!

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